Family Say Teenage Son's Lung Failure Was Caused By Vaping
Kevin Boclair, of Broomall, Pennsylvania, started vaping when he was at high school, quitting temporarily before resuming once more. However, around two weeks ago, the 19-year-old had a coughing fit, and within days, this had escalated to vomiting.
"He was coughing violently enough that he was throwing up. In the morning, he didn't look good. His colour was like grey. I ran him to the urgent care and they did an X-ray," his mum, Debbie, told FOX 29.
Kevin was subsequently transferred to the ICU at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was placed in a medically-induced coma. He was diagnosed with double pneumonia, whereby an infection causes inflammation in the alveoli of both lungs, and doctors have said he could need a double lung transplant.
Dr Mike Cirigliano, of the University of Pennsylvania, told FOX 29: "We have seen over 200 cases of serious lung injury, one death and people on ventilators.
"Anything that is vaporised, whether it be smoke, cigarettes, vaping in any way, in my opinion, it is not something you want to be doing."
Now Debbie is urging other kids not to vape.
Speaking to WPVI, she said: "I don't know how we could get parents to stop their kids. So, I'm going to tell the kids right out: 'You're smart kids. Just don't do it.'"
However, it is worth noting that while vaping isn't entirely risk-free, it is significantly less dangerous than smoking, as e-cigarettes do not produce tar or carbonmonoxide.
Research carried out by Public Health England last year found that vaping is 95 percent less harmful than smoking. The study also found that 44 percent of smokers wrongly believed vaping to be just as harmful.
In order to counteract this misunderstanding, the agency has released a film in which an experiment demonstrates the damaging impact of smoking, in contrast to vaping.
Vaping has also been proven to be a more effective means of quitting smoking than simply attempting to go cold turkey. Around 2.5 million people in England use e-cigarettes and figures show they have helped many to quit smoking.
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